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Cooney hopes Papa Johns Trophy campaign can generate momentum

17 October 2022


Cooney hopes Papa Johns Trophy campaign can generate momentum

17 October 2022

Ryan Cooney hopes Morecambe's Papa Johns Trophy campaign can generate momentum for the Shrimps.

Heading into Tuesday night’s Northern Group A finale against Harrogate Town at the EnviroVent Stadium, Morecambe currently sit second on four points, level with leaders Hartlepool United.

With games in all competitions coming thick and fast, the defender is hoping strong performances can give the Shrimps momentum.

“I think performances are there, I just think we need to turn them performances into wins now, starting on Tuesday; If we win, we can hopefully keep the momentum going into next Saturday," he explained.

“As long as we win on Tuesday night and get through to the next round, it’ll be a huge bonus for the club.

“It [the penalty shootout victories] just shows how the lads can cope under pressure, we’re all composed players, even in training, we’ve all got the composure to try anything."

With manager Derek Adams hoping to make changes to his starting XI, Cooney believes rotation can be beneficial to the squad.

He added: “These games are good for players who haven’t been playing recently, and it’s good to get some minutes under your belt.

“No matter what type of game it is, as long as you’re playing, you want to play every game and even in those games, it’ll be good for all involved.

“You always want to play your best, you always want to win and to go out on Tuesday and give yourself the best opportunity to try and get into the starting XI for league games.

“On Tuesday night, I’m looking forward to getting some minutes under my belt to try and show what I can do.

“If we win, hopefully in normal time and not penalties, we can take the momentum through to Saturday against Barnsley.”

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